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addison's Story

addison joined Watsi on September 16th, 2015. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! addison's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Anjerika, a farmer from Uganda, for surgery to repair a hernia.

Impact

addison has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by addison

Meet Ian, a 13-month-old baby boy from Uganda. Our medical partner, Kellermann Foundation (KF) explains that Ian lives with his mother—a single parent—and his older sister. To support her family, KF tells us, “[Ian’s] mother is a farm laborer and sometimes weaves mats for sale.” Due to malnutrition, Ian has faced development problems early into his childhood growth. Malnutrition occurs when the body does not receive as many essential nutrients as it needs to be healthy. Ian’s nutrient imbalance has also led to a condition known as oedema—a condition caused by a protein deficiency that leads to fluid build up in cavities throughout the body, causing massive swelling. Without intervention, Ian is at risk of further health complications. As KF states, “The short term effects of malnutrition include lowered immunity to diseases, respiratory complications, diarrhea, and lethargy. Long term effects include stunting and developmental delays.” However, with $375 in funding, Ian will receive a therapeutic milk treatment to address his malnutrition and oedema. Therapeutic milk is a nutrient-rich food supplement that will gradually introduce essential nutrients into Ian’s diet. This will be a slow process—allowing his system to slowly adjust to the changes. During a ten-day stay at the hospital, Ian will receive various medical tests to ensure he is safely responding to treatment. By restoring his nutrient levels, KF fully expects Ian to overcome his oedema and begin gaining weight. Ian’s mother shares, “she would like to thank the donors for all their help for all [her] children and especially for the help provided Ian. God bless you.”

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Meet 42-year-old Tusabe, a mother of five from Uganda. Tusabe has advanced uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous, fibrous growths in the uterus. “She learnt of this condition when she experienced a miscarriage at 2 months,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Tusabe went to a government hospital, and after a scan examination, she was told that she had grown myomas in her uterus and needed surgery for treatment,” AMHF tells us. “Tusabe decided to go back home, because she did not have the money. She gave up on ever getting treated.” Tusabe’s symptoms have worsened, as she has more lower abdominal pain and bleeding. “Due to this condition, Tusabe was forced to stop working. She stays at home while her husband, a taxi driver, earns for the family,” shares AMHF. “His income is only enough to feed the family.” “If not treated, Tusabe will suffer from chronic pain and is at risk of anemia,” says AMHF. With $165, Tusabe can receive a total abdominal hysterectomy, a surgical procedure that will remove her uterus to resolve her excessive bleeding and pain. This cost covers surgical supplies, medication, hospital materials, medical records, inpatient accommodations, and laboratory work. AMHF adds, “We expect that Tusabe will recover fully. She will be free from the pain and risk of anemia, and will be able to work and assist her husband in providing for their family.” “After treatment, I will be able to look after my children," Tusabe shares.

$165raised
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